FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to questions we are frequently asked. If the answer to your question isn’t provided below, please feel free to contact us!

The race length for 2019 has gone from 8.2 miles to 5 miles. We appreciate all of those who have participated in the event for the last 21 years. We understand that there will be some disappointment in the shorter course, but would like to remind all those who have supported the event that we ultimately made the decision based on two factors:

  1. This is first and foremost a family focused event.
  2. Our commitment to the charities we support and the donations we make to local combat wounded veterans is the backbone of the event.

That being said, here are some of the factors that played into the revised course.

  • Forward thinking, we needed to take into consideration the ongoing changes to the newly built Naval Base Coronado Coastal Campus (for more information click here https://www.cnic.navy.mil/content/dam/cnic/cnrsw/Naval%20Base%20Coronado/Documents/Coastal%20Campus%20Design%20Features.pdf) While the Navy has indicated this new base will not interfere with the 8.2 mile course, we felt it was in good faith to be proactive and alleviate any concerns they might have over the safety of our participants and the security of their assets.
  • Participation in the event has slowed over the last few years. Event organizers felt it was important to make the race more accessible to a broader audience. By reducing the distance to 5 miles, many more people at different endurance levels can participate. It is also hoped that a shorter course will entice more families and young athletes to participate.
  • The Low Tide Ride & Stride is a volunteer-driven event. In recent years, volunteers for the event had been put to the limit. Unknown for many participants, the race required several volunteers to patrol environmentally sensitive areas. Shortening the course will alleviate this concern as well as reduce the amount of water stations and thus limiting the amount of volunteers by as many as twenty. This is critical for the future success of the event.
  • Cost – the race is a charity event. All proceeds go directly to our donor recipients. That being said, we also want to make sure that we can keep the race at a price level that families can afford. In an attempt to find a balance between the two, it was determined that shortening the course would do just that.

Thank you in advance for your understanding. The Low Tide Ride & Stride is an event that, like most things, will evolve over time. We hope that the distance change will not diminish support for the causes and ultimately lead to a more popular and better-attended race. Any comments or suggestions can be emailed to: info@lowtideride.com

The 2019 Low Tide Ride & Stride will not be giving out medals to different age categories as has been the case in years past. An overall winner for males and females in both the running and biking categories will be presented and all participants will receive a finisher’s medal for participating. The event will still be chip timed and participants will be given their time and placement in the event after careful review from our event organizers (which could take up to 24 hours). The decision to eliminate the other awards was based on the complications the unique event presents. With multiple age categories across both running and biking for male and female participants, the difficulties of getting the medals correct became unsurmountable. The goal of the race has always been to provide a fun family friendly event with proceeds to benefit local charities. The competition created by awarding medals diluted this goal. In years past we have had participants register as runners and decide to ride bikes the day of the race and vice versa. We have had participants register and mistakenly switch bib numbers and we have also had participants leave the start line early. All of these situations have created animosity for those participants who followed the rules and were not awarded their correct medal. It was unfair to the many volunteers who help make the event possible to deal with mistakes that were neither intentional nor avoidable, but simply a byproduct of the race itself. It is understandable that this decision will be a letdown to some and perhaps technology will someday allow us to return to this format. In the meantime, we hope that participants come for the uniqueness of the event, the time on the beach, the family friendly environment and price, the race shirt and participation medal and most importantly the incredible good it does for our local charities and combat wounded veterans.

There are FREE shuttles to bring participants to and from the start/finish lines. Please be reminded that there are no bikes allowed on these shuttles.

The 2019 Low Tide Ride & Stride starts at 8:00am at the Silver Strand State Beach, located at 5000 CA-75, Coronado, CA 92118 on SATURDAY, June 22th.

Click HERE to get directions to start line

Shuttles for the 2019 race run continuously from 6:00 am – 8:00 am and 9:00 am – 11:30 pm:

Pre-Race Shuttles:
From: Sunset Park (Finish)
To: Silver Strand State Beach (Start)
Times: Shuttles will run continuously starting from 6:00 a.m. to the last shuttle at 8:00 a.m.

Post-Race Shuttles:
From: Sunset Park
To: Silver Strand State Beach
Times: continuously starting from 9:00 a.m. to the last shuttle at 11:30 p.m.

Event Parking:
Public Parking is available at both the Start (Silver Strand State Beach) and Finish (Coronado’s Sunset Park)

If you are riding your bike, at the end of the race, you can lock bike at the finish line at Sunset Park, then you can take the shuttle back to the Silver Strand State Beach to retrieve your vehicle and drive back for your bike.

If you are running/walking, the shuttle will be able to take you back to the Silver Strand State Beach to retrieve your vehicle.

A Pre-Packet Pickup and live registration will be held on
Friday, June 21, 2018 from 5pm – 7pm
Behind the Union Bank (same as last year) at: 800 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118 (parking lot is between Orange Ave. & D Ave.)
Participants can pick up packets for friends and families if they bring a signed waiver for that absent person.
Bibs and T-shirts will be available at the Pre-Pickup!
There will also be registration and bib pick up on the day of the event at the Silver Strand State Beach, SATURDAY, June 22, 2019 from 6:30 am until the race starts at 8 am. Shirts will be given out after the race for those who register and or pick-up the day of the event.

Bikes are not allowed on the shuttles. It is the participant’s responsibility to get bikes to the start line at the Silver Strand State Beach. There is public parking available at Silver Strand State Beach to leave your car while your ride your bike during the event. Once in Coronado, there are bike holders where participants can lock their bikes. This will allow them to return to the Silver Strand State Beach on the free shuttle and retrieve their car. They can then return to Coronado and get their bike.

The San Diego Bike Route also allows bikers to ride their bikes from Coronado or Imperial Beach directly to the start line at the Silver Strand State Beach. This will let participants on bikes park their vehicles at the finish line in Coronado and bike to the start line. The start line is five miles from the finish line, so depending on your ability, please allow enough time to ride to the Silver Strand State Beach from Coronado and still make the 8 AM start.

No! There are officers along the route that look out for your race bibs. For military security purposes, if you don’t have your bib, you will be turned back.

No, dogs are not allowed on the race course. Since the event travels across both City and State beaches, participants must adhere to the regulations for those jurisdictions. Neither allow dogs.

Yes, children under the age of 18 must wear a helmet. The same laws that regulate minors on City streets apply to both the State and City beaches.

  • No ID is required to receive your Bib. Simply provide the name you pre-registered with.
  • There are no age limits for this race.
  • Children who are small enough to be pushed in a Jogger or Ride in a Bike Seat do not need to register and can accompany an Adult for free.
  • NOTE: Only participants who have registered and paid will receive a Bib and T-Shirt.
  • All tickets are Non-transferable unless authorized by event organizers. Please contact info@lowtideride if you wish to transfer a ticket.

There are no refunds on purchased tickets.

Yes, most of our top finishers ride road bikes on the sand. Since the race takes place on the lowest tide of the month, the sand is hard packed and easy to navigate. Occasionally bikers will have to carry their bikes over seaweed and other natural obstacles, but that’s what makes the race so fun and unique.

At low tide, any wide tire bike will really fly on the damp sand! The start time coincides with a very low ocean tide. In most areas, the course will be 50’ to 100’ wide, although the best riding and running is usually at the water’s edge. Bike helmets are required for all cyclists under the age of 18. The organizers will follow the riders on the beach in a vehicle to provide assistance and first aid.

Not if you rinse your bike after the race. Your entry fee includes a fresh water rinse and a free chain lube.

Yes, the finish line closes 2 1/2 hours after the race begins.

Yes, there are water stations along the course. Station # 1 will be at the start of the race at the Silver Strand State Beach. Station # 2 is 1.6 miles from the start. Station # 3 is 2 miles from station # 2. Station # 4 is at the finish line at Coronado North Beach.

Yes. There is no additional fee.

To sponsor this event, please contact Robin MacCartee at robin.maccartee@gmail.com.

Click here to download a copy of the 2019 registration form. Print, complete the entry form, and mail it along with registration fee to:
Coronado Rotary Low Tide Ride and Stride
P.O. Box 180487, Coronado, CA 92178-0487

Teams are a great way to get family and friends involved. Teams must consist of five (5) or more members. To form a team please contact the event organizer at:


or call (619) 312-7465

Teams are eligible for a discounted ticket price.